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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Deke spot on the surface of the lake?
(a) Dead fish.
(b) Blood.
(c) An overturned boat.
(d) A dark shape that resembles an oil slick.

2. What is Mrs. Carmody rumored to be?
(a) A loose woman.
(b) A psychotic demon worshiper.
(c) A religious fanatic.
(d) A witch.

3. Who is Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods"?
(a) None of the answers is correct.
(b) A minor character.
(c) The antagonist.
(d) The protagonist.

4. What is Charles doing when his teacher comes looking for him?
(a) Hiding behind the door.
(b) Urinating in the sink.
(c) Screaming and shaking with fear.
(d) Standing in the hall.

5. Where does Mike originally find the narrator?
(a) Through the Yellow Pages.
(b) In a speakeasy.
(c) Through his cousin.
(d) In jail.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has passed away in "The Monkey," prompting family members to clean the home?

2. Who is Jonathan to Richard Hagstrom?

3. What does Mrs. Carmody suggest to rectify the situation with the fog?

4. To what destination is Mark taking his family by way of the jaunt?

5. What is the name of the boy sent to retrieve Charles in "Here There Be Tygers"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Jaunt," Mark's family is destroyed by Mark's own deception. Given the reasons for his deception, do you think he was justified in his actions.

2. What is the basic conflict expressed in "The Monkey"? Is there an implied winner? If so, whom or what?

3. Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect; an extravagant statement. For example, "The sun was blindingly bright and hotter than ten thousand fires." Give an example of hyperbole from "The Wedding Gig" and give an explanation of why King uses it in this story.

4. Homer compares Mrs. Todd to several goddesses. What is the purpose of this comparison?

5. In what format is "Paranoid: A Chant" written, and what significance does it lend to the story?

6. The narrator seems to follow a theme throughout the story. What is the main theme the narrator displays?

7. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

8. What seems to be the factor linking Mrs. Todd and Homer?

9. The creator of the teleportation device used in the jaunt first experimented with mice. What is the significance of the first trip taken by the mice?

10. In "Word Processor of the Gods," what do you think about Richard's choice of his brother's family over his own? Is a choice made of faithfulness or greed?

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